European Culture – A Vision, Dream or Reality
Recently I looked up the version of European Culture in Wikipedia and found the following text:
“The culture of Europe might better be described as a series of overlapping cultures. Whether it is a question of West as opposed to East; Christianity as opposed to Islam; many have claimed to identify cultural fault lines across the continent. There are many cultural innovations and movements, often at odds with each other, such as Christian proselytism or Humanism. Thus the question of “common culture” or “common values” is far more complex than it seems to be.”
Well, I was in fact looking forward to see some better and more positive description insofar my imagination of the European Culture was somewhat different even though I am trying to be as realistic as possible.
Culture is of course a wide spectra of many things and far too much complex comparing with political and financial issues and I made it clear to myself that we do not have anything which can be classified as “European Culture” even though we are having the yearly chosen cities as “European Cities of Culture” and other similar appointments or events throughout Europe.
Many conferences are held in the European Commission of Cultural Affairs as well as self established themes or events in universities or private organizations. Recently I found an extract from one of those conferences:
“Europe has never developed into a unified political, legal or moral structure, but there have always been important cultural connections between the various parts of Europe. What these connections amount to, and how they have changed over time, make up the cultural history of Europe. Within this cultural history, we can identify the immediate post-WWII period as a key turning point at which European political, legal and economic co-operation was first institutionalized in an entirely novel way. The European Union, The European Council, and the two associated courts are symbols of the dramatic transformations of the continent following WWII. Assessing the extent to which these developments, symbols and institutions actually function as channels of cultural integration – as compared to other trans-national channels – constitutes a key element in any comprehensive analysis of the role of European law and legal culture. While much research so far has concentrated on the institutions of The European Union and the Council of Europe, the attempt to grasp European culture, or the integration of European cultures, as a long-term project of a less visible kind, has only received scant attention. “
And here we are – “The European Art, Culture and Music Gateway” – A gateway which could be used to escape if the European Commission will stay tuned in a sleeping process that undermines the cultures in each region by lack of support and contribution to new projects for the region or a greater part of Europe.
Europe is a rich area of cultural memories, but some regions can easily be forgotten in a weird world of so called “strong cities” having the power and money to make a PR and marketing work right to the targets they need for further development and support from the European Commission as long as we do not have a legal law which defines the cultural assignments throughout Europe.
Everything in changes whether culture, politics, religions, lifestyles or environment issues needs of course time in a process of many different aspects and opinions, but to use Piet Hein`s words TTT = Things …Takes…Time may be too much of a good thing and quite boring to people interesting in cultural developments and renewals.
Wish you all lots of good spirits in the time to come and lots of greetings to Germany after 20 years as “ONE NATION”.!
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